- ‘Welcome to the edge of freedom’: Biden’s boots touch down in DMZ
- Obama: Hole U.S. ‘digging out of’ requires billions more in unemployment benefits
- Obama’s regulatory agenda will cost U.S. economy $143B next year: report
- Patriot Act author on James Clapper: Fire, prosecute him
- Russia P.M. Medvedev: No amnesty for political prisoners
- Michigan GOP Senate hopeful reminds government is the ‘servant’
- Christmas, by Congress: Members mull a 15-cent tax on trees
- U.S. unemployment falls to five-year low of 7 percent; 203K jobs added
- World mourns Nelson Mandela and celebrates his life; burial set for Dec. 15
- Bill O’Reilly reminds: Nelson Mandela ‘was a communist’
Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
Topic - Amalya Knapp
Beren Academy's boys basketball team is headed to the state championship. And this time, there's no need to reschedule the game.
When 7-year-old Amalya Knapp took the beam at the New Jersey state gymnastics finals last month, her excellent performance symbolized a far more complicated balancing act.
"We had to try to help her understand how we really feel strongly that she can be a great gymnast and still be a committed Orthodox Jew," Mrs. Knapp said. "We want her to be able to combine the love that she has for both of those things into an appreciation for both and not a resentment of either."
"I was upset," Amalya said, "but my mother told me there are decisions you have to make."